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Hitchcock's last film FAMILY PLOT

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I finally saw FAMILY PLOT to complete my course viewing and I really enjoyed it. I thought all the characters were well cast and the performances excellent. And humor was rampant. I especially liked the following bits of food related humor (FRENZY has wonderful food humor as well):

 

1. The scene where George (Bruce Dern) and Blanche (Barbara Harris) are at the kitchen table eating hamburgers and arguing with their mouths full of food. George even spits some food out while he's talking (reminding me of the inspector in FRENZY who spits out one of his wife's culinary creations when she leaves the room).

 

2. The scene where Bruce and Barbara are waiting at the mountain cafe waiting for Joe Maloney and George is drinking beers and burps rather loudly.

 

3. Arthur (William Devane) and Fran (Karen Black) are speaking over the intercom to the Bishop they kidnapped prior to releasing him for the ransom and when asked if he's ready the Bishop says he hasn't finished eating his chicken.

 

I loved the slapstick car chase scene down the mountain road, especially the part where Blanch is panicked and starts choking George with his necktie (FRENZY?) as well as sticking her legs upward (reminding me of the corpse in the potato truck in FRENZY).

 

This film has so many classic Hitch elements. For me I think Hitch was really just having fun with this film (maybe more than any of his other films).

 

One last bit of trivia/humor. There is a street sign prominently featured in one shot near the apartment where Arthur and Fran live and one of the streets is BATES AVE (I don't need to say what this references).

 

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I agree! I really enjoyed it! I caught that Bates Easter egg as well hahaha I guess now that I've been watching so many Hitchcock films, I was able to find many classic Hitch elements like you said. Shows how far we've come in this course lol

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I saw it about a week or two ago and I enjoyed it as well. Very funny and well acted all around.

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